Park Acoustics: October Review, November Give-Away

Review by Janus de Villiers (@hallojanus)

Photos by Henry Engelbrecht (@henry_e)

Ou vrinne loop mekaar weer raak na jare, en vreemdelinge raak die beste maats op aarde. Op die koppie staan ons saam, om dalk net vir ‘n oomblik te vergeet wat daar buite aangaan.

Sonder sonde, sonder rou, hierdie is almal goed genoeg my ou.
– from ‘Stowwerige almamaters’ by Rolbos Revolver.

Whenever I’m in Pretoria, I’m sure to include the Park Acoustics festival to my to-do list. As one should.

Amped to hang out with my Gauteng-friends one last time before heading overseas for a new job and life in a few weeks, I headed to the Voortrekker Monument on the 30th of October expecting a fun day in the sun, sing-along tunes, great music, cold drinks and one helluva good time. (Spoiler: I was not disappointed in the end.)

Guitar virtuoso Jonathan Peyper treated his home-crowd to a gut punching performance of some incredible blues-rock tunes that evoked a flood of emotion from the audience. Joined by renowned musicians Chris van der Walt and Jason Hinch (the man with the sexiest hair in local rock ‘n roll) the trio wonderfully kick-started a day of wonderful music at Fort Schanskop.

If you think Greg Georgiades & the Ultra Natives’ band name is the coolest thing on planet Earth, you obviously haven’t seen or heard these guys live yet. They took to the stage at noon to really get the party started with their catchy tunes and funky vibe.



Greg Georgiades & Ultra Natives – photo by Henry Engelbrecht


Steel string and nylon string guitars, bass, ukulele and drums were all incorporated into a lively set that proved this Pretoria-based band has what it takes to get a crowd up and dancing.

Next to hit the Park Acoustics stage: Jan Blohm en Neil Nachtrein. Known as die ‘Blomtrein’, these two talented artists had the (by now semi-intoxicated) crowd hanging on their every word as they sang some of Jan’s well-known hits (Groen Trui and 7 Jaar being two of my favourites) as well as some of songs they wrote as a duo.



Blomtrein – photo by Henry Engelbrecht


With tunes hotter than the scorching temperatures on the day, Albert Frost once again outdid himself with a faultless performance that had Park Acoustic’s partygoers captivated, in awe and kicking up dust as they shuffled along to his blues-rock jams.

I’m always amazed by the coolness in Frost’s stage presences, the way he effortlessly alternates between rhythm and lead while showcasing his skills on both acoustic and electric guitars. Truly one of South Africa’s best musicians, it’s always a pleasure watching him do his thing.



Albert Frost – photo by Henry Engelbrecht


The day wouldn’t have been complete or equally perfect without its headlining act: South African icon, the godfather of Afrikaans rock and roll and the big-boss himself: Koos Kombuis.

Koos saluted the mostly-Afrikaans audience with some of his biggest hits, playing to the crowd’s nostalgia with treffers like ‘Johnny is Nie Dood Nie’, ‘Lente in die Boland’ and the notorious anthem ‘Die Fokol Song’.

Resulting in the biggest sing-along for the day, the sounds of Lisa se Klavier echoed over Pretoria-city as the song hit close to home to the many Afrikaans partygoers who (just like me) grew up listening and singing along to Koos’ songs.



Koos Kombuis Band – photo by Henry Engelbrecht


What happened next (the energetic performance by DJ Bob, the laughs had at the Comedy Stage thanks to top-notch comedians such as John Vlismas, Hannes Burmmer and Glen Biederman Pam) I could tell you more about, but I might be making it up as not all is remembered.

Did I have a tequila shot or beer too many? Perhaps. But once again a day was well spent and a hungover well-earned after a Park-Acoustic-Sunday with the perfect dose of incredible music, fantastic performers and most of all: lekker people.



November 26 marks the final Park Acoustics of 2016 and not only is the day a music-filled experience, it will also be on a Saturday to ensure maximum enjoyment!
Comment on this post with which Park Acoustics you have enjoyed the most and why in 2016,
and you could win double tickets to the event.
Winners will be announced via Facebook and Twitter on 21 November, and contacted via email.


  1. Jana Pretorius

    November 15, 2016 at 10:24 am

    So this will probs be my favorite Parks but last LAST park acoustics wast a winner, with HELLCATS, DAN PATLANSKY and Morirson Taylor! What a jol! Think I was one of the last people there because the busses didnt take people down to their cars anymore so I had to walk – which was a pleasant experience (don’t get me wrong!).. This one is going to be a goodie! 😀

  2. Liza Smith

    November 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    I have never been able to attend Park Acoustics but it is most definitely on my bucket list. This would be the ultimate summer experience with the best of South African music talent!

  3. Quinton Dos Santos

    November 16, 2016 at 10:36 am

    My best Park Acoustic this year was the June edition! What an awesome day with great people! The day was a dual celebration with Mary leaving for Europe and Toni-Leigh;s birthday! Not to mention the great SA acts – my favorite band this year Bad Peter and the always rocking Shortstraw! 😉

  4. Annemarie

    November 16, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    22 May 2016!! Springbok Nude Girls!!
    Definitely one of my faves for the year. When I moved back to SA after high school I had no idea who they were and when I first saw them at KKNK I fell instantly inlove!!
    That park acoustics was the one where my bestie broke my one slop and I had to walk around kaalvoet all day, we smashed the tequila stock at the bar and at the end we were jumping up and down singing along!! BUBBLEGUM ON MY BOOTS!! Always a great day at Park Acoustics!!!

  5. Craig Sloane

    November 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Definitely the one in June with Early Hours and Hot Water! Had recently gotten back from a long trip away from home and it was the perfect way to catch up with all my friends. Early hours were incredible and Hot Water were as entertaining as ever. Schalk Bezuidenhout was an extra bonus and was absolutely hilarious.

  6. Rosie Pretorius

    November 18, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Best one.. Dan Patlansky, Hellcats! 2 of my favorite SA bands. Was a big spoil seeing them on stage.

  7. Jacques Celliers

    November 20, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    28 August featuring New Academics, Boo! and Nomadic Orchestra. This Park Acoustics was the weekend of my birthday and there is no better way to celebrate than in the Pretoria sun with good friends and even better music. New Academics are one of my favourite bands and put on a great show. Boo! were outstanding and Chris Chameleon on the bass guitar is something to behold. It ended on a high by bouncing along to the infectious Nomadic Orchestra and finally some top quality comedy to end the day. Park Acoustics is always an absolute celebration and 2016 has been a great year for Park Acoustics!

  8. Unisda(Uni) Ho

    November 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    It’s hard to pick but 28 August – Boo! – nothing more needs to be said… BOOOOOOOOOOO!

  9. Tiaan

    November 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Karen Zoid will ALWAYS be my favorite! She has been my hero for more than 15 years and after attending Park Acoustics for over 3 years it was so great to finally get to see her there! But that said, my very first Park Acoustics was headlined by Mango Groove in 2013 and that really REALLY changed my life, so if I win these tickets I am almost certain that November will be my favorite of 2016!!

  10. Renee Weber

    November 20, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    PA with Karen Zoid was absolutely amazing! The music was fantastic and the time spent friends great. What made it an even greater day was the fact that I saw the man of my dreams 😉 I know really need to close the year with a bang and what better way than with mango groove

  11. Dihael Prins

    November 24, 2016 at 9:54 am

    The Park Acoustics with BAD PETER!

  12. Alexis Verkes

    November 24, 2016 at 9:56 am

    The blues edition with Dan Patlansky was awesome

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